Highlights from the TAB Ride Leader Meeting November 13, 2019
Nineteen TAB Ride Leaders meet and discussed important issues over dinner at the Grape Leaf Diner this past Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Following is a summer of the issues discussed:
- It will be left to individual ride leaders whether they allow e-bikes on their rides. Safety is the main concern here. The handling of an e-bike is not quite the same as a totally human-powered bike. Does an e-bike rider that shows up for a group ride have the skills necessary for riding in that group? If not, the rider should ride in a slower group to learn necessary skills.
New Ride Leaders
- John Wodarski will replace Dan Becker as a ride leader in the Sunday Breakfast Ride rotation. Thank you Dan for your great rides! Welcome John! Doug Kilpatrick is considering whether he will definitely take over leadership of the Monday Whitehouse B ride. Thank you Nancy Beeman for all the years of leading that ride! TAB still needs a leader for the 5fer Thursday Extra Spicy group and a co-leader with Linda Posadny on her Saturday Meandering Rides.
Safety was a major part of the evening’s discussions.
- 1. Riders in the back of a group must call out cars behind and make sure the message gets all the way to the front.
- 2. Riders should peel off the front one side at a time so that there are no more than 3-abreast at a time.
- 3. Report near misses of accidents to remind riders of the need for safety.
- 4. Remove any unsafe rider from the group.
- 5. All riders should call out errors.
- 6. Mirrors for better visuals are encouraged.
- 7. Riders must stay off that center line!
- 8. Groups of 20+ riders are discouraged.
- 9. Ride leaders might want to stay in the 3-4th position in line to monitor the group and to call out turns.
- 10. Ride leaders should feel free to let a rider know if that rider is doing something unsafe.
More discussion on these topics at the next Ride Leader Meeting in April!